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Sat Apr 19 08:53:41 SAST 2014

Di Matteo gets behind Torres

TEAMtalk Media | 17 September, 2012 11:570 Comments
Fernando Torres of Chelsea gestures during the Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea at Loftus Road on September 15, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Julian Finney / Getty Images

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo believes Fernando Torres' poor performance at QPR on Saturday isn't a sign the striker has gone off the boil.

This, after Torres was wrapped up tight as a drum in the weekend's goalless draw at Loftus Road, especially by veteran defender Ryan Nelson.

Prior to the clash with the Hoops, the Spain forward had scored twice in three Premier League matches as he took the responsibility of leading the attack for the Blues.

In response to whether he was concerned Torres' recent display indicated a return to his struggles last season, when he went on a lengthy scoreless run, Di Matteo said: "No, no, absolutely not.

"We can't put too much pressure on one player. We are a team and everybody has responsibility. We're looking for other players to score goals as well.

"I think it's a team sport. I wouldn't individually go player by player.

"I thought, as a team, we played well, our centre-forward worked very hard, he had a chance in the first half to score as well, a half-decent chance in the second half."

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